Santa Monica Pier Rides $12 Outing – Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars & Air Hockey


The Santa Monica Pier is open year round and admission to the pier is always free! Below I’ll show you how to have an outing at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier for only $12 per person. But first some basics about Pacific Park…

Individual Ride Prices for Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel, West Coaster, Inkie’s Scrambler, Sea Dragon, Pacific Plunge & Sig Alert EV are $8.00 per person per ride (prices are for both adults and children).

Kids ages 3-9 can enjoy Inkie’s Wave Jumper, Inkie’s Pirate Ship, Inkie’s Sea Planes, Inkie’s Air Lift, Pier Patrol, Frog Hopper and Sig Alert EV for $4.00 per child per ride.

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Adults and Kids 8+ are $28.95 ($26.95 online) 
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Kids 7 and under are $16.95
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Santa Monica Pier Hours

The Santa Monica Pier operating hours vary throughout the year. It is best to check the Santa Monica Pier Pacific Park calendar for ride operation details. Call Pacific Park at 310-260-8744 for more information.

Santa Monica Pier Parking

There is parking on the pier and in the parking lot north of the pier. Cheap short term parking is available right at the base of the pier off of Appian Way. $1.00 per hour; maximum 2 hours. Winter Hours: 7am – 4pm; Summer Hours: 7am – 7pm. 66 spaces available.

Budget Breakdown (Family of four): $12 outing (per person)

  • Ferris Wheel$8 per adult & child ($32 for family)
  • Bumper Cars$4 for kids 3 – 9 years ($8 for the kids)
  • Parking – $2 (Summer 7am-7pm; Winter 7am-4pm) for 2 hours
  • Food – bring picnic lunch, drinks and snacks
  • Ski-Ball – $0.50 per play (8 games = $4)
  • Air Hockey – $1.00 per game ($2 for family)

= $48 for family of 4 / $12 per person!

General Information

There is no charge to stroll the Santa Monica Pier or wander through the rides and games at the Pacific Park Amusement Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the swirling rides above you and crashing waves below the pier.

For more fun, stop in at the Playland Arcade for a couple of games of air hockey at the back of the arcade ($1.00 per game) and Skee-Ball ($0.50 per play).

Don’t forget to stroll to the end of the pier to watch the fishermen in action and maybe even see some phosphorus in the water at night.

Fly with Trapeze School New York on the Santa Monica Pier

Take flight with the Trapeze School New York located on the Santa Monica Pier. The offer 2-hour daily flying trapeze lessons.

Other classes offered are static trapeze, aerial silks and trampoline are even more affordable, ranging from $25 – $35. Note: These classes are limited to the weekends.

Santa Monica Pier History

Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier sits at the end of Colorado Avenue at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. It was designated a Santa Monica Historic Landmark in the summer of 1976.

In 1983 two powerful storms destroyed more than one-third of the pier requiring it to be rebuilt from 1987 – 1990. Pacific Park opened in 1996 and was the first amusement park on the pier since 1930.

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Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

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Lisa Kuhn

Lisa has traveled through South America for three months exploring Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled extensively in the Western United States including Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and South Dakota. Lisa has traveled to Europe three times including her first trip in Europe backpacking for three months of solo-travel.

2 responses to “Santa Monica Pier Rides $12 Outing – Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars & Air Hockey”

  1. Craig Kapson says:

    Trying to find hours ride start. Not on website

    • Lisa Kuhn says:

      Hi Craig – The hours vary throughout the year at the park. I have a link to their website at the top of my article under “Santa Monica Pier Hours”. You can call them directly at 310-260-8744. Have a great time! – Lisa

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